COLORADO

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In Colorado, each judicial district or county is responsible for creating or approving a parenting education program.
 
Please be sure your district and/or county has approved our parenting education program before purchasing.  

30 Day Enrollment

Course Price:

$30.00

5 Day Extension Price:

$5.00

Mandatory 4-Hour Parenting Education Program

Disclaimer 

DISCLAIMER – The components of the parenting course are intended for educational purposes only.  The presentation of this material is not intended to constitute mental health therapy, give information on specific mental health disorders nor medications to treat mental health disorders.  Participants are encouraged to discuss specific mental health questions with a licensed mental health therapist of their choice.

 

​The legal component of the parenting course shall provide general Colorado family law principles. The presentation of this material is not intended to constitute legal advice and the course material must direct the participant to consult with a licensed attorney for answers to specific legal questions.

Course Requirements

You will be expected to review all materials provided and pass the post-test with a minimum of 70%, in order to receive your certificate of completion.  You will also be required to complete a course evaluation.  Once you have satisfactorily completed the post-tests and submitted your evaluation, you will be able to retrieve your certificate of completion.

Course Description

This course is a four-hour, timed, online Parenting Education Program for parents who need to complete a court-ordered parenting education course.  This course is a web-based course and is available online through our website.  This course qualifies as the designation, Level 1.  The teaching method consists of a mixture of videos and PDF texts.  Participants will be asked to watch the videos and read the PDF texts.  There are 5 quizzes throughout, which participants must pass with a score of 70% each.  The final component of the class is the Course Evaluation.

The course is divided into 3 Modules.  The first Module is comprised of 3 videos and three quizzes which must be taken in order.  The first Module is approximately 3 hours; the videos are two hours and forty minutes and the quizzes should take about 20 minutes.  Participants must pass each quiz with a score of 70% to proceed to the next section.  The first Module discusses general parenting concepts related to divorce or parental separation.  It begins by explaining the purpose and objectives of parenting education classes for divorce/parental separation.  It explains how divorce/parental separation impacts children at various stages of development, and describes how divorce/parental separation may create toxic levels of stress, and therefore be harmful to children.  The course goes on to educate about different types of parental conflict and how destructive conflict and withdrawal behaviors can lead to an environment of harmful toxic stress.  It then describes protective factors and how they may guard against the harmful effects of toxic stress.  Further, the course teaches parents how to recognize symptoms of distress exhibited by their children at different stages of development, and how to protect their children from exposure to harm during the divorce/separation process.  It teaches how parenting style, having a cooperative co-parenting relationship, parents’ well-being, a quality parent-child relationship, maintaining continuity of child care routines, and possessing coping skills all serve as protective factors against any negative impact divorce/separation may have on children.  The course then provides an overview of different child custody terminology, including Best Interests, Parenting Plans, and Child Support.  Next, the course provides various tips for parents to help their children cope with the divorce/separation and offers parenting time recommendations, including overnight recommendations, based on the developmental needs of the children.

The second Module consists of a PDF document and a quiz which should take the participant 20 minutes to complete.  This Module contains the Colorado Addendum which provides information specific to Colorado laws and requirements.  

The third Module consists of a PDF document and a quiz which should stake the participant 20 minutes to complete.  This Module contains the Coping Skills Manual which offers parents some skill-building opportunities which are typically only available in a live, group setting.  

Course Objectives
  1. Educate parents about the impact parenting time and the allocation of parental responsibilities has on children.

    1. Decision-Making Authority - Allocated using the Best Interests Standard.

    2. Parenting Time – Information about the benefits to children of maintaining a stable and consistent relationship with both parents, suggestions about how to develop a parenting plan, and effective communication between the parents about parenting time.

    3. Permanency of Parental Role / Shared Parenting – Information about how children are positively impacted by a continuing relationship with both parents and the types of support children need from both parents.

  2. Learn how to prevent harm to children throughout the process of divorce.

    1. Learn about toxic stress and harm to children.

    2. Developmental Stages of Childhood – This component shall include information on the developmental stages of childhood, as well as how a divorce may impact development, what parents can do to minimize the impact of the divorce, and when to seek additional help for a child experiencing problems;

    3. Communicating With Children in a Divorce Situation – Information about discussing divorce-related issues with children in reference to the developmental stage of the child.

    4. Communicating With the Other Parent – The negative impact of a parent expressing anger toward the other parent in front of the children, the benefits to children of keeping them out of the middle of parental conflict, and how to establish a relationship with the other parent which shall minimize the children's exposure to parental conflict.

    5. Learn about protective factors.

  3. Legal Concepts – General information about Colorado family law, including references to statutory definitions as they relate to court issues involving divorcing parents with minor children and financial responsibilities to the children.

Applicable Law
  • Title 14, Article 10, Colorado Revised Statutes, The Uniform Dissolution of Marriage Act

Links to Circuit Courts

NOTICE:  In Colorado, each judicial district or county is responsible for creating or approving a parenting education program. The following is a list of all the Colorado judicial district courts.  Please be sure your district and/or county has approved our parenting education program before purchasing.  Jurisdictions where this parenting education program has been approved will be noted APPROVED.

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Links to the Judicial District Courts: